I love writing about film, theology, church, leadership, and youth ministry. I've written for Christianity TodayLeadership Journal, The Youth Cartel, Youthworker Journal, Immerse JournalDownload Youth Ministry, MorethanDodgeball.com, ChurchLeaders.com, Christ and Pop Culture, Reel World Theology, and many other publications. I'm a regular blogger for LeaderTreks. I've created youth ministry curriculum and discussion guides for both LeaderTreks and The Youth Cartel, including CINE, a series of downloadable film discussion guides. I'm always working on a few book and article ideas for the future, and constantly scribbling in my Moleskine journal.

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Far too many church leaders find themselves frustrated, floundering, or fired because their dreams for the church reach beyond the job description they were hired to fill. Whether you’re a pastor, an intern, or a volunteer, you’re not the one in charge of the congregation. Thankfully, neither is your boss; Jesus is the lead pastor for every church. His Spirit moves in each of us, and those gifted in leadership can find Christ-honoring practices for leading up- having influence that goes beyond role or experience. This isn’t about manipulation or rebellion, but about humbly participating in the mission of God in your church.

Leading Up is a leadership fable that unpacks a paradigm and practical tools for leading up in your church. Logan is a young pastor with a big vision for Evergreen Community Church, but cannot seem to move any of his ideas beyond wishful thinking. At a significant breaking point, a mentor comes alongside to mentor Logan on his journey of leadership, transforming both of these leaders and the church in the process. Logan’s affecting tale will offer compelling insights for any church leader wanting to expand their leadership skills.

Helping your child make wise choices about sex and dating requires more than just one chat. It's about building bridges of ongoing dialogue throughout the teenage years. But youth workers Mark Oestreicher and Joel Mayward realize many parents don't feel comfortable or prepared to have these kinds of conversations. That's why they wrote A Parent's Guide to Understanding Sex & Dating: to equip you to initiate healthy, honest discussions with your teenager. 

This book will also help you understand some of the relevant trends and issues in today's youth culture. Your role as a parent is to do more than provide your teenager with information about sex and dating. You have the opportunity and the calling to help your child live wisely and honor God in this sometimes tricky, occasionally awkward, and always vital area of life.

Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide (The Youth Cartel; 2015)
Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.  -Walt Disney
Today’s youth are growing up in a culture where films are no longer relegated to the big screen and the family television. Movies have spilled onto our computers, our tablets, and even our smartphones. Our young people are saturated in a movie-watching ethos, yet they often don’t know how to process the films they consume. How can we guide teens and young adults into viewing films through a Jesus-colored lens?

Drawing on engaging stories and thoughtful cultural critique, Jesus Goes to the Movies provides a framework for discipleship and faith formation. It offers youth workers a theology of movies that can be passed to the next generation, equipping them with critical-thinking skills, discernment, and the ability to engage the film culture surrounding them with wisdom, grace, and truth.


Boring is Better: The Intersection of Slow Films and Spirituality. Immerse Journal, January/February 2012

The Work of Art: Developing Discipline for Creativity in Ministry. YouthWorker Journal, November/December, 2013 (online link here)

Jesus Goes to the Movies: Helping Students Develop a Theological Framework for Watching Films. YouthWorker Journal, November/December, 2014 (online link here)

Lose, Gain, Repeat: 'Something, Anything' and the Pilgrimage Toward Freedom. Christ and Pop Culture "Infinite Loops." Volume 3, Issue 12. (online link here)

The Unexpected Gift of Burnout. YouthWorker Journal, September/October, 2015. (online link here)

Online Articles

Film Discussion Guides

The Sound of Music (The Youth Cartel, 2013)
The Giver (The Youth Cartel, CRU; 2014)
When the Game Stands Tall (The Youth Cartel, World Vision; 2014)
The Remaining (Sony, 2014)
Where Hope Grows (Godspeed Pictures, 2015)

Other Writings

Arts and Faith. Contributor for Top 25 Road Movies and Top 25 Divine Comedies
The Way Bible. Contributor (Tyndale, 2012)
"RENEW" curriculum. Large and Small Group studies (LeaderTreks, 2014)
"Project Serve" curriculum. Large and Small Group studies (LeaderTreks, 2015)